Less than two days after the loss of Celtic Frost's Martin E. Ain, tragedy has again struck with the death of Scott Putesky — aka Daisy Berkowitz — after a 5-year struggle with Colon cancer. He was only 49.
Few acts generated controversy like Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, later shortened to simply Marilyn Manson, and the industrial goth-inspired alt-metal riffage from Putesky helped lay the foundation for middle America's ultimate nightmare. He co-wrote the first two Manson records, and is credited for writing 6 songs on the influential Antichrist Superstar, though he left the band in the middle of the recording process. Putesky went on to amass a respectable body of post-Manson material, including his solo project Three Ton Gate and a run with the riot grrrl act Jack Off Jill.
Though goth-rock music like this is the farthest thing from the usual bands we promote here at WWU, musicians like Putesky helped bring weird music to the masses, showing that artists can always choose to go their own way and express themselves however they want — something the scene can always be reminded of.
Manson himself had this to say in an Instagram post: "Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more. Everyone should listen to “Man That You Fear” in his honor. That was our favorite."
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